Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kim Guadagno visited members at the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled Wellness, Art and Enrichment Center on Monday.
New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno stopped into West Orange's Wellness, Art and Enrichment, WAE, Center Monday just to see what the center is all about. The lieutenant governor was welcomed to the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled center by members and staff, who showed Guadagno what goes on at the center. According to program manager Renee Rolzenlogen, the center focuses on holistic treatment for adults with disabilities. Through spoken word, live theater and art, the center allows members to express themselves in whichever way they want, she said. The members performed a comedy skit and afterwards Guadagno toured the center and spoke with members about their artwork and sculptures, followed by a spoken-word session. …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Report says cost to repair all 908 spans would exceed $874 million.
Essex County’s aging bridges are in need of repair, but the cost to do the work would exceed $874 million, a new report released Monday shows. Of the county’s 908 bridges, about 4 percent have been rated structurally deficient, according to a report on the issue-driven website NJ Spotlight. Additionally, 1-in-5, or 20 percent of the bridges are considered to be functionally obsolete and not in line with current lane and shoulder standards, or occasionally flood, according to National Bridge Inventory data. The average age of an Essex County bridge is 50 years old. About one in four bridges in the state are either in poor condition or unable to handle current traffic loads, the data shows. Each bridge was rated based on structure, …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
State senator, governor fuel old feud over judicial appointments.
Governor Chris Christie told the Essex County Bar Association Wednesday morning state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, is the reason judicial appointments in the state are deadlocked, according to a published report. The governor said because of Codey 12 to 15 judges will not be appointed during a breakfast at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange, according to an NJ.com report. Codey later disputed the allegations saying three years ago Christie made a deal with Essex County but has not honored it, the report said. “He had his crew block appointments, so once again he has no respect for the truth,” the state sentor told the website.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Measure will improve safety, traffic flow near Pleasantdale Elementary School in West Orange.
The West Orange Township Council proposed a new ordinance on first reading Tuesday night, which would prohibit U-turns on Stanford Avenue. The ordinance would prohibit the turns on Stanford Avenue from Pleasant Valley Way to the second intersection with Crestwood Drive adjacent to Pleasantdale Elementary School. Prohibiting U-turns will make it safer for both motorists and pedestrians and lead to the more efficient flow of traffic, according to the ordinance.
The township council approved a resolution for West Orange support PSE&G’s “Energy Strong” program, resident Phyllis Salowe-Kaye opposes the support, until BPU finished its proceedings.
Tuesday, April 23
In response to a resolution on the Township Council agenda for the April 23 meeting to support PSE&G's "Energy Strong" proposal, 31-year-old resident wrote the following letter to the editor opposing support: I have resided at 527 Hillside Terrace, West Orange for the past 31 years. In addition to this, I have served as the Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action, the state's largest consumer watchdog coalition since 1986. NJCA is an organization with a membership of over 60,000 families statewide and over 120 organizational affiliates that has worked on utility issues since it was established in 1983. We are opposed to the PSE&G's Energy Strong Program and believe that the West Orange Council has acted in haste regarding the …
Road work will cause traffic for residents between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the West Orange thoroughfare.
Residents should expect road work and delays this week on Pleasant Valley Way between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the West Orange township website. There will be lane closures and detours in place to move traffic around the work area and police officers present to provide assistance.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Official: Flights leaving Newark Liberty heading south were re-routed back to Newark because the Washington area traffic control system was overwhelmed.
Air travelers in the U.S. Monday morning were greeted by growing delays throughout the East Coast because of mandated federal budget cuts brought on by the sequester, according to a published report. Flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours, an Associated Press report posted by NJ.com said, as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. Air traffic controller furloughs were responsible for the delays, officials said, because there weren’t enough people to monitor busy air corridors. In one example the report cited, the 8 a.m. US Airways shuttle left the gate at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. six minutes early, but didn’t take off until 9:58 a.m. The plane landed at 10:48 a.m…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Miss the April 9 township council meeting? Check it out online.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Report: More than 1,400 public retirees in the state receive pensions that are more than $100,000.
Various public retirees in the area are part of the so-called "$100K" club, receiving more than $100,000 in pension from the state of New Jersey — four of which are from West Orange. The top paid pensionsers across the state are retired executives. Topping the list is Charles Epps, former Jersey City superintendent and A.Z. Yamba, former president of Essex County College, tied at $195,000, according to New Jersey Watchdog. This year, the list of retirees receiving $100,00 or more in state pesions increased to 1,474 — 230 more than in 2012 when the number was 1,244, the report said. Below is a list of those who retired in West Orange and their pensions: Check out the full state list here.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Assault weapon restriction among gun control measures set to be introduced Monday.
New Jersey would create a new instant criminal background check system for gun buyers, require safety training to obtain a firearms permit and toughen penalties on gun traffickers under legislation announced Friday by state senate Democrats. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Law and Public Safety Chairman Donald Norcross are set to introduce the multi-bill package Monday. "I worked with Majority Leader Weinberg and Law and Public Safety Chairman Norcross, as well as advocates on both sides of the discussion, to compile a package of bills that will serve as a national model on gun safety," Sweeney said in a statement. The "centerpiece" of the legislation would establish the instant background check …